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Standards and Regulations

The American National Standard for Safe Use of Lasers (ANSI Z136.1)

This is a “best approach” Standard applying to the use of lasers, which is recognized by: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The Federal Laser Product Performance Standard (FLPPS) 21 CFR Part 1040 of the FDA/Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH)  

This is federal law that applies to US manufacturers of lasers. Specific guidance for FLPPS implementation is covered in ANSI/LIA Z136.1 2014.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 115 Standard for Laser Fire Protection 

This standard provides minimum fire protection requirements for the design, manufacture, installation and use of lasers and associated equipment. It also contains criteria for training and responding to fire emergencies involving lasers.

IEC 60825 International Standard

Lasers classified and labeled in accordance with this standard may be sold in the US. CDRH & ANSI Z136.1 do not agree with all the provisions of this standard.